At the Blue Jays game last night, two women were ejected for throwing cups of beer at Tampa Bay Rays centrefielder B.J. Upton while he was catching a fly ball in the eighth inning. Fan decorum, or lack thereof, has been a recurring problem at Rogers Centre, as Hughsy wrote about back on April 7.
Hey Jays fans? How'd you enjoy the game last night? Good? Yeah, 12-5 win over the Tigers and everybody in the line-up got at least a hit. Too bad we once again proved why many Toronto sports fans know no better than to display idiotic, embarrassing behaviour. Yes, I'm being self-righteous, but I don't care anymore. For every one smart, reasonable and measured Jays fan, there now seems to be 10 drunken morons at a Jays game. It's time to stand up against them.
It's all over the blogosphere and some of the MSM today -- last night, there was a delay of game when Jays fans threw debris at the Tigers' Josh Anderson in-game.
While it's easy and entirely justified to call out Toronto sports fans for a lot of reasons -- Leaf Nation's zombie-like adherence to sub-par Leaf teams, the small minority of upper-middle-class frat boys that ruin things for Toronto FC's fan base, the strange, affected attitude Toronto has towards the Raptors to name a few -- there's no other place where the collective lunacy of Toronto sports fans gets noxious than at a Jays game.
I can deal with the stupidity of the "wave" that seems to be part and parcel of every single Jays game. I can even deal with the occasional fight (although they seem to be happening more and more at the Rogers Centre) in the 500-level. But throwing crap onto the field and interrupting the game is going too far.
While I live in Toronto and appreciate aspects of this city, there's a lot about Toronto that's lame and bad -- our sports culture in particular. While we collectively suck the teat of MLSE and the crappy product put on the ice, forking millions of dollars over to a corporation that cares little to nothing about the product's quality, we're the most fair-weather fans in the world when it comes to our other sports. Only when it's cool and trendy to show up to a Big Event like last night do Torontonians show their civic and sports pride, but it's just gone too far.
This is the last straw.
Must the Rogers Centre post uniformed Toronto police officers at every section entrance now? Must the Rogers Centre resort to what the Tigers (talk about irony) had to do post-World Series win in 1984 and ban regular beer? Must we put up barriers across the 100 and 200 sections at the Rogers Centre to block people from throwing debris?
I'm only one man, I know. I can't inspire any movement just by myself. But it's time to show your frustration with the way things are at the Rogers Centre. The drunken idiot quotient is too high and it's time to let the Rogers Centre, Blue Jays and anyone else involved that we're angry and fed up with not being able to enjoy a Jays game in peace.
Down With The Douchebags.